The other day I was reading about some home handyman DIY hacks and wondered if there were any for cars and car maintenance. Guess what, there are!  Some are genius, but most are …..well, see for yourself.

To eliminate those noisy wiper blades, first clean your windshield wiper blades with a bit of soap and water and then coat the moving parts with some spray silicone lubricant. The silicone will keep the wiper blades running smoothly and quietly throughout the winter months. You may need to reapply the silicone spray a few times, so add the step to your winterizing routine. If this does not work; they may need replacing.

 If you suspect your power steering fluid is over 2 years old or appears cloudy use a turkey baster to remove the old power steering fluid. Suck out all the fluid, engine off, of course. Then refill the reservoir with fresh fluid per your car’s operation manual. Start the engine and let it run for about 15 seconds. Repeat the fluid swap procedure until you’ve used up the full quart.

 Also, the turkey baster can be used to replace brake fluid, at least in the reservoir. But, if the fluid continually becomes cloudy or dirty a brake flush may be required.

 Reading online, someone came up with a genius solution for preventing items such as keys or cell phones from falling between the seats and the console in a vehicle, which can be hard to retrieve and even dangerous if it happens while driving. He wedged pieces of foam pipe insulation in the gaps!

 Here are some “nice” car hacks I came across:

  •  Sawdust to soak up spilled oil.
  • Take a pic with your cell phone of where you are parked to help locate it later.
  • Use your shoe on the console for an emergency cup holder.  Use cupcake liners to help keep cup holders clean.
  • Use toothpaste to polish out foggy headlights.
  • Hand sanitizer to thaw frozen door locks.
  • Herbal tea bag as an air freshener.
  • Dryer sheets to remove bugs (use them wet).
  • Club soda to clean a windshield.
  • To help prevent windows from fogging up, fill a sock with kitty litter, and leave it in your car.
  • If you have a small crack in your windshield and want to keep it from spreading before it’s repaired, brush clear nail polish over it.
  • Have a registration or bumper sticker you want to remove? Cover it with a wet sheet of newspaper for at least 10 minutes. When the sticker is thoroughly soaked, it peels off easily.

 REMEMBER, a HACK is using a substitute solution to a problem, when the proper method is not available.  Proceed with caution!   So there you are.  Just some of the thousands of ideas for car maintenance hacks. There are many more to help with actual car repairs that I may cover next time